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Across The Rubicon
Across The Rubicon
Offered by ProgRock Wales
Price: 10.59

5.0 out of 5 stars He caught a glimpse of the other side, 6 July 2013
This review is from: Across The Rubicon (Audio CD)
This came as a pleasant surprise, as soon as i heard 'Neo Prog Concept' i wanted it, always in the hope that a group could match the Neo Prog greats of yesteryear. I can tell you now that i wasn't disappointed, i just keep playing it; great concept, music and lyrics, engaging melodies, catchy riffs and of course excellent musicianship, apeing those behemoths like IQ, Pendragon and Pallas. This is the 3rd album from the 4-piece from Holland and they have put alot of love into this with nice artwork and packaging and you can tell their genuine belief in the recording of this modern day saga. Across The Rubicon an album of the 21st century in which the great ancient storytellers themselves would have been proud of. Enjoy.


Illusion
Illusion
Price: 11.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance:- The Revival Of Art And Learning, 7 Aug 2011
This review is from: Illusion (Audio CD)
As i write this there is only one review of this little known masterpiece by Renaissance MK I; criminal. I always wonder what the music business would have been like if Keith Relf hadn't been tragically taken away from us?, his parting was a loss that cannot be underestimated. I've a real soft spot for this classy, cool and original piece of work, the songs are beautifully crafted and takes you on an journey of love, dreams and of course illusion but it's very subjective and like all great works listeners will have their own views and perspective, the theme threads it's way through the album with understated brilliance, the playing is superior, so precise and clear at times that it will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, the crisp and angelic vocals of Jane Relf add a further dimension to this masterpiece and am i the only person on the planet who believes Janes' vocals are just as good as Annies'?. This is an album that was created by people who love music, who wanted to create something special and different and i'd like to thank them for giving me the listener the pleasure of enjoying it for past years and for years to come. P.S. My vinyl copy and CD copy Repertoire-5106 dont have the three extra tracks on them as what is listed on this new Esoteric copy, i've listened to the three extra tracks and feel that although of interest add nothing to the album overall and in my opinion 'Past Orbits Of Dust' was a perfect finale to this great album.


Floating
Floating
Price: 7.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His words painted a new world and my thoughts just followed him, 21 Mar 2011
This review is from: Floating (Audio CD)
The Eloy are massive on the continent and have a small but fiercely loyal following over here, mainly because of the brilliant consistancy of their albums and their superior live performances, these are people who care about music and their devoted followers. I choose to review Floating as it's my most played Eloy album and i feel it has something to offer anyone whose interested in listening to great rock music. Written right in the middle and at the zenith of the Progressive Rock era, Floating had alot to live up to, it did more and excels with flying colours. Floating is original and inspirational and although it does have a German feel to it (polished and efficient) the music flows effortlessly with a real sense of class, music dosent get much better than this believe me, it also has aged well over the years sounding fresh as ever today as it did way back in 1974, maybe even better. Floating is a magical album, a lost classic by one of the best groups of all-time, i truely feel that when someone listens to this remarkable piece of work they will be blown away by it, buy with confidence you'll love it.


Resurrection: Mandalaband & The Eye of Wendor
Resurrection: Mandalaband & The Eye of Wendor
Offered by ProgRock Wales
Price: 15.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rejoice in the name of our new Lord and Sovereign - King Damien, 19 Jan 2011
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Firstly i would like to congratulate Dave Rohl and Abbey Studios for the re-mastering of both these albums, it's always important that the composer has complete control over such exploits, quite often analogue tapes are digitally re-mastered by big corporations and amateurs who know nothing about music and their devoted followers, so usually what we get is a poor recording of a vinyl album which sounded better years ago. Both these albums have been lovingly re-mastered and packaged as what would be expected from people who believe in great music. It's a shame that Mandalaband never really made it big; maybe it was to mercenary?, maybe it started to late?, who knows? but what is certain is the quality of the music: which is masterly. The first album 'mandalaband' is one of my favourite albums of all-time, the opening track 'Om Mani Padme Hum' is surely one of the greatest tracks ever?, 20 minutes of blistering music, the album does'nt stop there; 4 further tracks of the same theme meandering and weaving their way through another 20 minutes of beautiful melodies and complex time signatures. The second album 'The Eye of Wendor' is something of a cult classic nowadays, such a shame that on release this went under the radar and albums like: Jeff Wayne's (who?) War of the Worlds (which is good) went stratospheric (probably marketing), as 'The Eye of Wendor' has big name guest musicians, it's an original concept and it's better or did it come down to not having the great Richard Burton as narrator?. I just cant recommend these albums enough, if you want to listen to consumate musicians performing amazing and mind-blowing music then look no further, absolute brilliant stuff.


Chronicles
Chronicles
Price: 5.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES MEETS APHRODITES CHILD, 2 July 2010
This review is from: Chronicles (Audio CD)
Jon and Vangelis produced some brilliant stuff in the early 1980's, I had this compilation on cassette, it had a different cover, a running image i think?, now on cd this is a must purchase for anyone whose into superb lyrics and soundscapes. For me it's the difinative collection and if you buy "Portraits" by Vangelis this fills any missing tracks you may feel is missing on "Chronicles;" such as State of Independence etc. God this brings back the memories and still makes the hairs stand on the back of my neck, haunting, classy, amazing and absolute mind blowing music that brings tears to my eyes, i shall have Italian Song played at my funeral, exultantly i die.


BC - Ancestors
BC - Ancestors
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KING of KINGS, 31 Mar 2010
This review is from: BC - Ancestors (Audio CD)
BC ANCESTORS is what music is all about; conceptual progressive rock played by consumate musicians. Based around legendary times when heroes walked the earth and great civilisations rose and fell in antique lands, MANDALABAND III have created an album of infinate quality, the tracks just flow effortlessly into each other creating a wonderful soundscape. You can tell the band genuinely believe in what they're creating here and giving us the listener the pleasure to hear such great music. Hopefully BC ANCESTORS has given MANDALABAND III the belief to record further masterpieces in the near future as there is a large audience for this type of time-less music and fingers crossed we don't have to wait another approx' 30 years for they're next album!.


Coming Home
Coming Home
Price: 8.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZONE OF O...h Yes!, 20 Jan 2010
This review is from: Coming Home (Audio CD)
ESQUIRE is the brainchild of NIKKI SQUIRE ex-wife of CHRIS SQUIRE, the exceptional bass player with Prog-Rock giants YES. COMING HOME (1994) was the second release by the group, seven years after their debut album the self entitled Esquire (1987). COMING HOME has alot less Prog influence than the debut album, probably because Chris Squire had very little to do with the second album, unlike the first which was recorded at the Squires' home at the time, where Yes had recorded Relayer and his solo album Fish Out Of Water. If any Yes influence remains I would say it's Jon Anderson-esque than anything else. What I really like about COMING HOME is the vocal delivery which seems to be different on every track and is truely stunning at times. There's not one weak track on the album (well it did take seven years to make!.) The CD release has two bonus tracks as well and is a welcome release of an album which is extremely hard to get hold of. Don't expect anything major ground-breaking, it's more of a personal and intimate album that at times is transfixing. So what we have is an album when on release went below the radar unfortunetly and although not important is always worth a listen and a pleasant one.


Leg End: ORIGINAL MIX
Leg End: ORIGINAL MIX
Price: 15.86

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Leg End: ORIGINAL MIX (Audio CD)
"LEG END" 1973 by HENRY COW is a contempory progressive jazz rock album of improvisional excellence. The musicianship is magnificent, "Nirvana for Mice" is a great opener which sounds Canterbury Scene-ish, "Amygdala" and "Extract from: With the Yellow Half-Moon and Blue Star" would give King Crimson a real run for their money, "Teenbeat Introduction" is extremely eclectic which flows into "Teenbeat" a strange and menacing composition, and "Teenbeat Reprise" just rocks, a Trilogy Triumph, "The Tenth Chaffinch" is an odyssey through nature of way-out soundscapes, then we come to the albums finale "Nine Funerals of the Citizen King" what a wonderful way to finish the album at times almost Gentle Giant-esque, but like all the album completly original. "LEG END" by HENRY COW is an album of infinate quality, progessive music at it's peak, an amazing piece of work in which the listener has to open up to, the rewards will out-weigh the patience. "LEG END the LEGEND" never has there been a truer phrase. Brilliant Stuff.


Still Life
Still Life
Price: 6.77

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE DEATH OF MERE HUMANS, LIFE SHALL START, 8 May 2009
This review is from: Still Life (Audio CD)
"STILL LIFE" 1976, was the second of three comeback albums by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, sandwiched in between the brilliant GODBLUFF and the defining NEW WORLD RECORD. "STILL LIFE" represents the high water mark of an incredible back catalogue of superior material. Always pushing the boundaries of music in their own immeasurable way, VDGG excelled on an album of sheer beauty, more refined than previously ( PETER HAMILL sounds more restrained and Gothic than usual ) giving "STILL LIFE" a real quality and classy feel. Even the striking album cover of an actual Van Der Graaf Generator machine discharching on an acrylic background says everything about the album, the energy, the power, the colours, the textures the superlatives abound. "STILL LIFE" is my personal favourite VDGG album, a superior release of untouchable soundscapes and musicianship, which surely made a mockery of the banal music press who had the audacity to lambast this remarkable piece of original and refreshing piece of work. A must buy CD of major mid-70's Prog Rock.


6 6 6
6 6 6
Price: 9.53

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERS FALL AND WONDER, PEOPLE RISE AND WAIT., 6 May 2009
This review is from: 6 6 6 (Audio CD)
Based on THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN, "666" by APHRODITE'S CHILD is a substantial concept of intellegent, thought provoking Progressive Rock. Somewhat surprisingly firing them on all cylinders is keyboard wiz Vangelis and Euro warbler Demis Roussos. The album itself is of major importance, influencing alot of groups; Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and Genesis' "The Lamb" are evidence of this fact. The music explores every aspect and emotion from the Beautiful and Good to the Demonic and strange, the 20 minute "All The Seats Were Occupied" is one of the greatest Opus' of all-time, which strangely is a kind of Overture at the end of the album. "666" by APHRODITE'S CHILD is a Completely Original work of Mind-Blowing Progressive Rock, once you've listened to this unforgetable album, it will stay with you for the rest of your life.


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